War on Players Minds

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Though golf was in the forefront of players minds Thursday, the thoughts of war werent far behind.
 
'When we're playing, we're playing, that's it,' said three-time defending champion Tiger Woods after shooting 2-under 70. 'I really want to win this tournament.
 
'Obviously, I'll get some updates now that I'm done.'
 
All asked agreed that the tournament should not have been canceled or postponed. Said Brad Faxon: The bottom line is, we really cant do a whole lot for whats going on over there, but we can wish the soldiers the best and pray for them. But for us not playing, does that do any good?
 
Faxon was one of several players who spent Wednesday night glued to the TV. I didnt want to go to sleep, he said, I wanted to see what was happening.
 
Aaron Baddeley is Australian, but he was born in New Hampshire and has a home in Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
I guess I wont travel as much this year depending on what happens, he said. But, I mean, for myself, unless the war comes here, Im just going to keep doing what Im doing.
 
You cant change your whole life just because something is going on. Its a tough situation and so youve got to trust your leaders and pray for your leaders and just believe in what they are doing.
 
All Work and No Play
 
Dont expect to see Baddeley down the road at the Hard Rock Caf rocking out this week. He went to see Bon Jovi play last Friday night with Adam Scott and Justin Rose. None of the trio recouped very well Saturday morning at the Honda Classic.
 
Justin outplayed both me and Adam and shot 71. I shot 74 and Adam 76. No concerts this week, Baddeley said.
 
One Shining Moment
 
Robert Gamez is in contention after shooting 70. He hasn't won since he holed out from the fairway on the 72nd hole to capture this event in 1990.
 
'Every time I walk through the hole it goes through my mind,' he said.
 
The hole plays a lot differently than it did 13 years ago. He hit driver, 7-iron in knocking off Greg Norman then. He hit 3-wood, wedge on Thursday.
 
That one shot may prove to be Gamez' lasting image, and he doesn't mind -- even if he has to discuss it all the time.
 
'I was doing The Golf Channel last night and they played it. This week you hear it a lot,' he said. 'I still enjoy it. I never get tired of it. Would you?'
 
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